Reminders From City Hall

Pet Licenses & Alarm Permits
Yes, just a reminder that it’s that time of year, come by City Hall to renew pet licenses and alarm permits. Each is just $5 for the year and you can purchase multiple years at a time. For pet licenses, please bring a current copy of your pet’s rabies vaccination record. Some pets are given shots that have up to a 3-year expiration so we will permit your pet for the same number of years for just $5 per year.

Building Permits & Contractor Registrations
When deciding to have some work done around the house, please do not forget that most jobs that involve any concrete, electrical, plumbing, irrigation or structural work will need a permit. Visit the Building Department's webpage for what does and does not require a permit. And yes, even if you are doing the work yourself, a permit is still required.

Additionally, if you are hiring a contractor to do the work, they will need to be registered with the city. Why? Because we will verify the contractors name, registration with the Comptroller’s Office, professional licenses and their liability insurance. This effort helps to protect our residents from small fly-by-night types of companies that may target elderly or unknowing residents who may not realize the company they just hired is a guy working from his car with no insurance who will demand some or all of the job cost up front and then never return to do the job! Yes folks, this has definitely happened in our city so please, ask your contractor to show you their city registration or call the city for a current list of registered contractors.

All jobs in progress in the city without a permit or contractor registration will be halted and permit and registration fees will be doubled!

Food for Furry Friends
We know you love your furry friends and just want to be sure they have a good meal, but did you know that by leaving food (even bird food) out at night you are probably feeding more than you bargained for? We’ve had an increase in reports of rodents who are living off of bird, dog, cat and raccoon (really?) food left out overnight. Then these rodents find their way into your neighbor’s garages, homes and even under the hoods of vehicles. Rats and mice can cause quite a bit of destruction and carry diseases so please, do not leave food out at night!

Elections
First, please make note that the primary election on March 4 will be held here at City Hall instead of at the elementary school. Early voting will still take place at the Library off Buccaneer in Clear Lake.

Second, we will have the city general election on May 10 also at City Hall. This year we have 3 council positions up for election; Positions 3, 4 and 5 held by Carolynn Stanley, John Skelton and Jeff Tave respectively. Election packets are ready to be picked up at City Hall if you would like to file for office. The deadline to turn-in your application for candidacy is February 28 at 5 p.m. If you have questions, please contact City Secretary Ann Vernon at 281-326-1951, ext. 111 or via email.

Leaves & Debris

It is the responsibility of each resident to clear the street curb and gutter area in front of their house of all leaves and debris. No debris is allowed to run into the storm drains as this clogs the drains and causes flooded streets during heavy downfalls. Please take a look at your curb and gutter area and clean as needed. This helps us all out, especially during the coming spring storms.

Gym Membership & Fitness Classes
You know you need to do it, your doctor says you should do it, you even made a New Year’s resolution to do it, so what's stopping you? Visit the Fitness, Tennis, and Pool Memberships webpage or come by City Hall to join the gym and fitness classes. Just do it!

Tennis
All tennis memberships (not full center memberships, just tennis memberships) expired December 31, 2013. For all you still playing or on a league, please renew your memberships immediately. Prices are the same, $40 annually for an individual and $120 annually for a family of 4.